VLC cannot be controlled via sound-indicator

Bug #1609370 reported by Or Schiro on 2016-08-03
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
vlc (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Dear all,

Sound Indicator doesn't recognise the playback state of VLC.

If VLC is running, then sound indicator still shows that it is not running.

Can anyone reproduce this with Ubuntu 16.04 and VLC 2.2.2-5?



Or Schiro (orschiro) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, it works fine here though, unsure what is creating the issue for you, vlc is supposed to send mpris informations that the indicator is using ... could you add you ~/.cache/upstart/indicator-sound.log to the bug after getting the issue?

Changed in indicator-sound (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
Or Schiro (orschiro) wrote :

Thanks for your comment!

Please see the attached log file after having played a file in VLC.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

The warnings suggest you don't have accountsservice-ubuntu-schemas installed, that shouldn't be an issue for vlc but it suggests your installation is not a standard one, could you try on an unity session (maybe using the guest session) if the indicator is working?

Or Schiro (orschiro) wrote :

Hi Sebastien,

I just tried a guest session but it doesn't work there either.

Please see the attached screenshot.

I am using a default Ubuntu 16.04 Unity installation.



Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

can you start that command "dbus-monitor --session path=/com/canonical/indicator/sound > log", then start playing something in vlc and send the "log" file to the bug?

Or Schiro (orschiro) wrote :

Dear Sebastien,

Am I am doing something wrong with the command?

I receive the error that log cannot be found:

orschiro@x230:~$ "dbus-monitor --session
path=/com/canonical/indicator/sound > log"
bash: dbus-monitor --session
path=/com/canonical/indicator/sound > log: No such file or directory



Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

you should type what is between the "...", not the actual quotes

Or Schiro (orschiro) wrote :

I am sorry for that simple mistake!

Please find the log file attached.



Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

weird, it looks like the correct playing/stopped messages are sent, things work fine here on my installed system or on a fresh iso booted in a vm and installing vlc ... maybe somebody else has an idea about the issue though

Changed in indicator-sound (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Or Schiro (orschiro) wrote :

Dear Sebastien,

Maybe I am missing another package?

The reason being, besides the problem with the sound-indicator the menu is not properly integrated into the top-bar of Unity. Please see the attached screenshot.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in indicator-sound (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
adasiko (adasiko256) wrote :

Same problems with ubuntu 16.04

1) Open VLC 2) File -> Open... (choose audio file) 3) check "Play/Pause" in sound indicator
Work fine

1) Open nautilus 2) Right click on audio file -> Open wikt VLC 3) check "Play/Pause" in sound indicator

dobey (dobey) wrote :

Per the last comment, this is more than likely an issue with vlc itself.

affects: indicator-sound (Ubuntu) → vlc (Ubuntu)
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